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DIY โ™ป๏ธ Recycled โœ‚๏ธMaterials for Homeschool

Montessori materials can be ๐Ÿ’ฐcostly,  so I love finding an alternative. Below I will show you some of the DIYs I have created to substitute some of the materials you would generally purchase. 

DIY Color Matching + Fine Motor Pegging

 This DIY resembles matching Montessori Color Tablets ~ similar to Color Box 2 ~ a traditional Sensorial material introduced to toddlers starting at 2 ยฝ years old. 

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With this activity, besides simply matching color samples from your local hardware store, offer your child to practice fine motor skills by matching colored clothespins and also graduating pegs in order from smallest to largest or vice versa. And if you have plain wooden pegs, just color them either with Sharpies (what we used) or use tempera stick paints which are awesome too!

IMG_1020To learn more about Montessori ๐ŸŒˆColor Boxes, read here a detailed post with presentations on boxes one through three on my blog Montessori Color Box 1, 2 & 3 (Color tablets).


DIY Montessori Sandpaper Numbers:

Sandpaper Numbers are also easy to make at home.
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What you will need:

  • green cardstock to resemble the traditional Montessori Sandpaper Numbers
  • sandpaper from your local hardware store,
  • scissors (children are also using a paper cutter for more precision)
  • and glue.

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 Having your child make or help you make these DIY Sandpaper NUmbers will only ignite the excitement, promoting interest and engagement.

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By sensorily feeling the number, the child is able to perceive the symbol through senses other than just visual. For more on Sandpaper Numbers, see here ๐Ÿ–๏ธSandpaper ๐Ÿ”ข Numbers (Montessori ๐Ÿ”ข Math 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡ Curriculum).


 โ™ป๏ธRECYCLED โœ‚๏ธ DIY PUZZLES
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Do you have an old magazine? Recycled old books? Expired calendars? How about turning them into homemade DIY puzzles!

DSC_0221-2Cut out a picture, laminate it (if you don't have a laminating machine iron works great too) and cut it in as many pieces as you think your child can handle. For smaller children, just cut a picture in half; for older in quarters or even eighths. 


DSC_0221-2And why not turn this โ™ป๏ธRECYCLED โœ‚๏ธDIY puzzle into a ๐Ÿ‹matching animals game! 

  IMG_1146See here DIY ๐Ÿ‚Fall Inspired Puzzle.

I am using a double-sided ๐Ÿ‚Fall picture I found in a catalog. With this type of DIY puzzle, you can adjust ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“‰the level of difficulty based on your child's age. With smaller children, ๐Ÿ“‰choose a bright image with many objects and cut in fewer pieces (2 or 4 squares) or simply cut the picture vertically, for easier assembly. ๐Ÿ“ˆWith older children, the smaller the pieces, the harder it will be to assemble the puzzle๐Ÿ˜‰so cut it accordingly to your child's level.


โ™ป๏ธDIY TIC TAC TOE

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Do your children play tic tac toe? It's a ๐Ÿค—fun game and an easy โ™ป๏ธโœ‚๏ธDIY if you have ๐Ÿ’ฆwater bottle caps and ๐Ÿกice pop sticks (any craft sticks will do), and a glue gun.

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โ™ป๏ธDIY ๐ŸกPop-Sticks, Pegs & Dot Stickers ๐Ÿ”ด โž•๐Ÿ”ต Addition Activity

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This is a super easy and fun โ™ป๏ธ math ๐Ÿ”ข โž•addition DIY where I โœ๐Ÿป๏ธwrote โž•equations on ๐Ÿกpop-sticks, and as a control of error, a child can flip that same ๐Ÿก and confirm the answer by counting the ๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ตdot-stickers. See here a ๐ŸŽฅvideo of Adrian solving all the โž•equations as well as how to make this โ™ป๏ธDIY in a video post โ™ป๏ธDIY ๐ŸกPop-Sticks, Pegs & Dot Stickers ๐Ÿ”ด โž•๐Ÿ”ต Addition Activity (Montessori ๐Ÿ”ข Math ๐ŸŽฅ Lesson).


 DIY โ™ป๏ธPaper Towel Roll ๐Ÿ”คAlphabet Matching Activity

DSC_0109I wrote with a Sharpie upper and lower case alphabet letters on dot stickers, making sure that lower and upper of the same letter were color-matching. 

IMG_1149Since lower case letters are more prevalent, I had Adrian match lower to upper case letters which were sporadically arranged on a paper towel roll. He would simply stick the lower case on top of the upper case.  For some introductory language lessons, see here our Letter Series post. To learn about Montessori Phonetical Sets of Presenting Alphabet letters,  (see here) Set 1:     First set: c  m  a  t  . For early reading, see here "Montessori CVC Picture Word cards with wooden Clothespins (๐Ÿ’—Pink Series ๐ŸŽฅ Early Reading)."   Also, see here "Montessori ๐Ÿ’— Pink Series  "e" sound (Language 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡ Curriculum)."


 โ™ป๏ธDIY Montessori๐ŸกPopsicles Spindle Box
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In a Montessori Math curriculum, at around two years of age, after introducing Number Rods and Sandpaper Numbers you would introduce Spindle Box (buy here), which teaches a child the difference between the numeral (a ๐Ÿ”ข number/symbol written on a wooden box's slot) and quantity (substance, like when a child is holding actual spindles in his/her hands). The box has numerals zero to nine written on separate slots, and a child concretely learns that one is not a much, while nine is a lot! See here a detailed post "Spindle Box & Sandpaper ๐Ÿ”ขNumbers Extensions (Montessori Math)."
DSC_0237Montessori Spindle Box is also an easy DIY activity using any compartments (like utensils organizer), and anything substantial representing quantity a child can hold with the whole hand such as pens, crayons and why not ๐Ÿก popsicle sticks. (Montessori materials need Not be ๐Ÿ’ธexpensive.)


 DIY โ™ป๏ธRecycled ๐Ÿ“ฆ Cardboard ๐Ÿ”ขNumbers & Counters โœ‹๐ŸปTactile DIY  DSC_0097

First, the child learns the shape of the number by making it from a pipe cleaner, then through the sense of โœ‹๐Ÿปtouch, the child reinforces numeral vs quantity association by counting pom poms.

For more DIYs, see here โœ‚๏ธDIY, Crafts & Materials.

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